The 31-year-old actress - who shot to fame as a teenager in TV show `My So-Called Life` took a break from acting in 1998 to study psychology at the prestigious Yale University but quit after two years.
When asked what advice she would give her younger self, Claire said: "Go to college, actually. I didn`t finish. I only went for two years but those two years were really good for me to just step away for a little bit and grow up without the prying eyes of the public and all the judgment that accompanies it. So that was good, and I don-t know."
Claire - who won the Golden Globe award for Best Actress in a TV movie for `Temple Grandin` last night (16.01.11) - has previously revealed she took time out from Hollywood to attend college in order to regain a "normal" life.
She explained: "I started working when I was very young. I got an agent when I was 12 and fortunately was employed consistently from that point on. So I didn`t really go to a conventional high school. I was tutored on sets and things."
The actress - who is married to British actor Hugh Dancy - is not the only actress to take time out of her career to attend university.
Natalie Portman completely a degree in psychology at Harvard , while `Harry Potter` star Emma Watson is currently studying English Literature at Brown University.